Generally, contributions are made to zoological parks, Bio Reserves, and manmade animal habitations in the form of donations, gifts, and animal adoptions. The main aim of animal adoption schemes of parks is to create a connection between people and wildlife.
- Animal Adoption provides an opportunity for individuals and organizations to get involved in supporting the maintenance and veterinary expenses of zoo animals. Some of them have an added benefit of Income Tax exemptions under the IT Act.
- In India, Animal Adoption programmes have been carried out by leading national park authorities like Bannerghatta Biological Park (Karnataka), Arignar Anna Zoological Park (Tamil Nadu), etc.
- Adoptions can be made for a wide range of animals from Indian Cobra, costing Rs.2000 per annum to Asiatic Elephant that amounts to Rs.1,75,000 per annum.
- In addition to revenue generation for the zoo, these animal adoption programmes help create awareness about animal conservation and create a Human-Animal connect.
211 animals adopted from Bannerghatta Biological Park
As per the Bannerghatta Biological Park officials, by far 179 people have adopted 211 animals from the park this year. As per the officials, this is the best response received to the adoption programme of the park. The people who adopted animals have increased even in times of pandemic, thus it is a good sign. The 179 people who adopted the animals in this financial year have contributed Rs. 30,00,750.
Last year, 64 people adopted 80 animals from the park and donated Rs. 7,02,000.
Bannerghatta Biological Park
Karnataka’s Bannerghatta Biological Park is a portion of Bannerghatta National Park which became a biological reserve in the year 2002. Bannerghatta National Park was formed in the year 1970 and was designated as a National Park in the year 1974. Presently, over 2300 animals of 103 species are being protected at the park.
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